As legions of fans get ready to descend for Comic Con this week, the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world – and the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention STGCC hitting our shores next month, McAfee releases its first ever Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Aquaman coming in at number 1 – surprisingly as a villain in this context.
For the first time ever, McAfee researched which superheroes are kryptonite on the web and result in bad links, including viruses, malware, and sites laden with malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information.
The top 15 villainous superheroes for online surfers this year are:
- Mr. Fantastic
- The Hulk
- Wonder Woman
- Iron Man
- Green Lantern
- Invisible Woman
- Captain America
Robert Siciliano, McAfee’s Online Security Expert, shares more information about how criminals follow the news and trends to take advantage of enthusiastic fans and tips on how these fans should protect themselves against toxic viruses and malware in “Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas May Also be King of Threats”.
Tips to Stay Protected:
- Be suspicious: If a search turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, be wary
- Beware: Of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you with content. You may want to opt to watch streaming videos or download content from an established site, such as Hulu, Netflix, NBC, or ABCtv.
- Free downloads: Are significantly the highest virus-prone search terms. Anyone searching for videos or files to download should be careful as not to unleash malware on their computer.
- Double-check the web address: Look for misspellings or other clues that the site you are going to may not be safe.
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